VILLUM FONDEN aims to support the advancement of talented postdoc women in international research careers.

Female scientists in university career positions (assistant, associate and full professor) are under-represented. Just one out of seven science and technology professors in Denmark is a woman. The further up the academic career ladder you go, the fewer women you find. The gender imbalance means, first of all, that we miss out on talented women in academia. Secondly, it means less diverse workplaces and research environments.

To increase the number of female scientists Villum International Postdoc programme makes grants to talented women at the transition from PhD to postdoc, where we begin to see large numbers of female scientists leaving science and technology.

Applicants must plan a one or two-year stay abroad, followed by a return to a Danish research institution. Establishing an international perspective and network early on is crucial for a young scientist. It’s beneficial for their careers and for science in general.

Who can apply?
Excellent female scientists who have obtained their PhD in Denmark within the technical and natural sciences. Danish citizenship is not a requirement. Please note that the program can only be applied for by invitation and recommendation from your faculty and department.

We announce the programme every year from 2019-2023. 

Next application deadline will be May 2021. 

Grant amount?
The grant amount which can be applied for is DKK 1-2.5 million. All grant amounts include up to 15% for indirect project costs. VILLUM FONDEN will offer additional living expenses to grantees at their stay abroad. E.g. day care or support for spouses. A total of DKK 15 million has been allocated for the programme in 2020.

Time frame
The time frame is three to four years, including a one or two-year stay abroad, followed by a return to a Danish research institution of about one year.

Approval of grant
The duration of the process will be approx. three months from application to grant.

The application process
Unsolicited applications are not accepted. Applicants must be recommended by their faculty and department.

Applications are evaluated on the sole criterion of scientific excellence. Grantees will be selected by the foundation's committee for technical and natural sciences and approved by the board of the foundation.

Latest call: Villum International Postdoc 2020

Application deadline was 20 May 2020, 2 PM 

VILLUM FONDEN earmarks research funding for women

Career advancement: eight researchers secure international postdoc grants.

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